On Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Agora Gallery, we celebrated the opening of three new provocative exhibitions: Sensorial Realms, Pathway to Abstraction, and The French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France. What follows is a brief introduction to a few of the exciting artists featured in the current shows.
American painter Ted DeToy‘s acrylic works on canvas deal with familiar imagery related to pop culture, race and gender, American politics, and daily life. The artist has five paintings on display in Sensorial Realms. DeToy’s palette is composed of expressive primary colors. His painting has a certain neo-cubist style. He draws from books, magazines, movies and the internet for his subject matter, allowing the most intimate and universal aspects of modern existence to influence his [...]
Thank you to everyone who came to the opening reception last Thursday night at Agora Gallery. Of the twenty-four artists whose work was on display, eighteen were in attendance for the opening of three new exhibitions: Witness, a State of Being: Kaneko Johkoh / a Solo Exhibition, Pulse of Abstraction, and The Manifestation of Milieu. In their introductions, the artists shared their fascinating and wide-ranging sources of inspiration, their enthusiasm to be present at the opening reception (whether they came from another country or around the corner), and were very heartfelt in expressing their excitement not only to exhibit in New York City, but to have been able to work with the Agora team.
Japanese artist Kaneko Johkoh uses brushes, Sumi (carbon ink), and Washi (Japanese rice paper) to create paintings that depict whatever she is feeling in the moment. The [...]
February has been celebrated as American Heart Month since 1963. Thursday, Feburary 7th, the night of the opening reception at Agora Gallery, marked the first day of congenital heart disease week. In keeping with this spirit, fourteen artists in the February collective exhibitions have created additional artworks from which the entire sales proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Heart Foundation. On February 7th, representatives of the Children’s Heart Foundation attended the reception and were thrilled to be a part of this unique and important event: Art to [...]
Thursday, February 7th, was a memorable night at Agora Gallery. Many of the featured artists were present at the opening reception for Degrees of Abstraction and Idiosyncratic Expressions. Agora’s curator, Clara Lemaire, comments, “Both shows, which present opposite ends of the spectrum — representation and abstraction — were a joy to curate because of the underlying energy that breathes life into all the exhibited artworks. Another key aspect is the extent to which all of the art provokes a sharp emotional response, whereas each creation also brilliantly inspires contemplation and reflection.” Here’s a sneak peek.
Portals of Perception and The Substance of Abstraction are two exceptionally strong exhibitions that were unveiled last Wednesday, January 16, at Agora Gallery. Thursday evening during the shows’ opening reception, Gallery Director Angela DiBello asked the many artists in attendance to each indicate with one word what inspires their art. The reception video shows a wonderful compilation of the words, as well as highlights of the evening. What follows is a brief introduction to a few of the dynamic artists featured in the current shows.
Chicago-born artist Olivia Kapoor has five acrylic paintings on exhibit in Portals of Perception. She is particularly creative in her application of color, using black to break up an otherwise vibrant color palette. This is one of the many unexpected contrasts that keep the viewer’s eye in constant motion. Kapoor’s whimsical visions suggest the subconscious. [...]
It is generally accepted that art articulates a definable viewpoint of the artist. The three new exhibitions at Agora Gallery profoundly exemplify this concept, which was reinforced in the conversations that took place at last Thursday’s opening reception there. Unbound Perspectives; The Persistence of Form; and Treasures of the Amazon Rainforest: A Solo exhibition of Photography by Robert Oelman, provide powerful commentary on the great breadth of artistic methods. Whether upholding an established style or rejecting all preceding tenets, whether meticulously accurate or suggestively abstracted, none of the works on view are void of artistic conviction.
Nearly an hour before the opening, nineteen of the exhibited artists arrived for a preliminary viewing of the show. Abound with emotion-laden anticipation, they perused the art in the gallery’s partitioned spaces before gathering to hear the laudatory words of Gallery Director Angela Di [...]